Brandon Rutley, an Alhambra alum and Martinez resident, has signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders. Rutley, a running back, will attend the team’s upcoming mini camps as an undrafted free agent. Most recently, he was a key contributor for the San Jose State Spartans football team.
While at Alhambra, Rutley gained several thousand yards rushing while he starred on Dave Silveira’s varsity team for three seasons. He earned numerous athletic awards and honors on the gridiron for the Bulldogs.
Rick “Boomer” Reger Captures World Title
Sean Sharkey, manager for Martinez’s own MMA fighter Rick “Boomer” Reger, tells us that the big guy is now a champion. Reger captured the Gladiator Challenge Light Heavyweight World Championship in a split decision over highly-regarded Michael Sandez of Los Angeles.
Reger came out victorious in a bout that was quite fierce and bloody for both fighters. The packed house at Soboda Casino in Southern California was decidedly in Sandez’s favor, but Reger took control of the bout midway through the second round and finished strong to take the decision. Reger trains at FightKore Gym on Main Street.
College Park Alum on Olympic Team
Melissa Seidemann, CP 2008 graduate was named to the 2012 US Olympic Women's Water Polo Team.
College Park 10 DVAL Champions
College Park earned 10 DVAL titles this year: Girls Cross Country, Football, Girls Soccer, Boys Basketball, Boys Golf, Boys Volleyball, Baseball, Boys Swimming, Boys Track and Wrestling.
The Diablo Valley College swimming duo of Lee Ward and Taylor Henry starred for a Vikings swimming squad that did well at the Big 8 Conference Championships in Sacramento on April 19-21. Ward led the men’s team by winning the 200-yard IM and 200-yard free and swam on five winning relays. Henry led the women's side, winning the 50 & 100-yard back, 50-yard fly and four relays.
The women’s squad took second place at the CCCAA state championships on April 26-28 in Los Angeles. Lisa Boozer (100-yard breast), Shaila Yoder (50-yard breast) and the 400-yard medley relay team of Courtney Leonard, Yoder, Hannah Voegtly and Henry all won first place in the event for a state title. Orange Coast College won the team crown with 431.5 points, while the Vikings finished a very close second with 428.5 points.
Local Track and Field News
Praise Adesida, a member of the Alhambra track and field team was selected as the Contra Costa Times’ Athlete of the Week in early May. The senior participated in the prestigious Sacramento Meet of Champions Invitational in both the discus throw and shot put, her specialties. Later in the month, Adesida won the DFAL crown in both events, breaking her own school records with marks of 43’3” in the shot and 139’6” in the discus. The talented senior has announced that she will accept a scholarship to UC Davis.
Zach Coniglio, an Alhambra alum and sophomore at Sacramento State, won the Big Sky Conference Shot Put championship at the league meet in Bozeman, Montana. Coniglio was best with his toss of 17.72 meters, which outdistanced the second-place finisher by 0.28 meters.
The College Park track and field team participated in the NCS Tri Valley Meet May 19. Two athletes from CP qualified to move on to the NCS Meet Of Champions in Berkeley. Senior Hiroki Butterfield qualified in the 300 hurdles race and junior Kendall Stuscavage qualified in all of her individual races, the 1600m, 400m and the 800m. Stuscavage took first in the 1600m at the Sacramento Meet of Champions Invitational with the time of 5:15.50.
DVC Diamond Stars
Many of coach Steve Ward’s Diablo Valley College baseball players earned Big 8 Conference honors for their efforts during the 2012 season. They include: Most Valuable Player Aaron Hernandez, First-Team starting pitcher Nick Pasquale, first baseman Devin Alexander, infielder Eddie Aguayo, Second-Team DH Ryan Kochan, and Honorable Mention outfielder Matt Burks. Both Alexander and Pasquale were unanimous selections.
• Bentley School freshman Sydney Babiak earned Second-Team All-Bay Counties League honors for golf. Babiak helped her team win the league crown in early-May. After that, Babiak went on to the U.S. Women’s Open qualifier played at Half Moon Bay Golf Links.
• Tyler Sylvia, a defender from the Alhambra boys soccer team has announced that he has accepted a scholarship offer to play next season at the University of San Francisco. Sylvia was a three-time all-DFAL selection for the Bulldogs.